The College of Staten Island swept through the Hudson Valley Women's Athletic Conference (HVWAC) schedule this season, earning the regular season championship without losing a game, and then beating Saint Elizabeth and Mount Saint Vincent by a combined 13-0 to capture the HVWAC Tournament Championship. The Dolphins finish the 2006 season with a 12-5-1 record.
With the win, CSI finishes the season with a 12-5-1 record. Mount Saint Vincent finishes the 2006 season with a 7-8-1 record.
CSI, who downed Medgar Evers 4-0 on Saturday to capture the CUNY Championship and blanked the College of Saint Elizabeth 9-0 in the HVWAC Semifinals on Thursday, came out with a bang, scoring at 3:42 on an outside shot by Fiosa Begai (Staten Island, NY/Susan Wagner HS) to take the lead. 1:21 later, it was 2-0 as Staten Island scored a beautiful transition goal when Danielle Otaiza (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville HS) found Shannon Connelly (Staten Island, NY/St. Joseph by the Sea) wide open on a crossing pass in front of the net. 1:15 after that goal, it became 3-0 CSI when the Dolphins scored a similar transition goal, this time Otaiza found Lauren Baydal (Staten Island, NY/Staten Island Tech) open in front of the Mount Saint Vincent net.
Down 3-0, Mount Saint Vincent tried valiantly to turn the tide, but the CSI defense - led by Bellocchio's tremendous day in net, held strong. Mount Saint Vincent actually outshot CSI during the final 84 minutes of play and CSI finished with only a 16-14 edge in shots after the blistering start, but the Mount was unable to score. Otaiza closed the scoring at 31:31 with an outside shot goal to give her four points on the day. From there, Staten Island cruised to victory and swept both the regular season and tournament championships.
Neither team scored a goal during the second half of play.
For Mount Saint Vincent, junior Cynthia Osorio (Oceanside, NY/Oceanside HS) had a big game with five of the Mount's 16 shots and another outstanding defensive performance, and the Dolphin defense - led by junior goalie Alexis Alessi (Rockville Centre, NY/Oceanside HS) - turned in an impressive performance after CSI's early rally, but the damage had already been done.